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Warriors GM Larry Riley Expects To Make Playoffs Next Season

Warriors general manager Larry Riley, who was more willing to say the roster flaws were his fault than to talk about coach Keith Smart's on-court failures, assesses the team's needs as a center, a big guard and a legitimate sixth man who will probably be a wing player.

"I think next year we should be in the playoffs," Riley said. "We're not (a playoff roster) right now. It will be a playoff roster."
In what hinted at a major change in philosophy, Riley noted that all of the potential additions have to be better defenders. He even seemed open to slowing his preferred uptempo style offense.

"That doesn't mean I have to go get a defensive guru to coach," Riley said. "Our defense has to improve, but that's not necessarily the model for the coach. ...

"We do like the uptempo game, because the roster is geared that way. That could change, if we change the roster as well as the coach."

Via Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle
 

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